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June 2009

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It's finally summer, and we heat things up with our June issue! Our main topic is the Power Trio, and we bring you content on making good decisions and producing fine tracks with guitar, bass, and drums.

In this issue, we have guitar wisdom old and new, as we look at the tone and technique of Eric Clapton and interview Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows. Our Bass Column introduces us to the most famous, often-recorded, and influential bass player you may never have heard of... Los Angeles studio legend Carol Kaye. And in our Drum Column, we consider how a single choice can impact an entire drum recording session, and spill over into the sound and workflow of an entire album. Great food for thought all around!

Added to that, we have an in-depth look at a Nashville-based studio team that set out to reimagine a classic rock album of the early 1970s, and a whole slate of cool reviews on everything from portable digital recording to guitar tuning, bass amp modeling, and awesome mastering. Whatever your tastes, you'll find something to power your tracks to perfection in the June Recording!

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Recording with Counting Crows' Dan Vickrey   |   Interviewed by Jessica Klausing with Lorenz Rychner

A famous band's home-studio methods.

When Counting Crows emerged from the San Francisco Bay area in the early ’90s, home studios were not nearly as common as they are now. Counting Crows is one of the most successful bands t......Expand


Zoom H4n Handy Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

New design plus new features equals a new portable recording experience.

We could go all the way back to the PS-02 and PS-04 Palmtop Studios (reviewed July 2001 and August 2004) to establish Zoom’s credentials in the realm o......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: iZotope Ozone 4   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

New enhancements to a well-liked mastering effects suite.

Talk about a long wait for an upgrade! Ozone 4 took over five years to come to fruition since Ozone 3’s release in November 2003. As iZotope’s webpage suggests, “Your......Expand

JBL Control 2P Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A time-honored design gets a significant update.

The JBL Control 1 desktop speaker has been around forever, it seems. When it first shipped in 1986, there were nowhere near as many small desktop-audio solutions as there are ......Expand

Sonodore RCM-402 Microphone   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

A historic mic design takes on a 21st-Century shine.

Once again I am going to enhance a mic review with a long historical digression. I need to do this, because the mic under review is an unusual item today, but one that com......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Kevin Fletcher Tweedy

Heavyocity EVOLVE.

The evolution of this sound library goes back to 2003, when partners Dave Fraser and Neil Goldberg joined forces to create a company that initially supplied content for commercials and games. Their years o......Expand

Plug-in Outlet   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

Markbass Mark Studio 1.

It’s not too often that we have an Italian company grace our pages; just as Italy has produced many great musicians, here we find a high level of quality in these software emulations of the Italian ba......Expand

Peterson StroboStomp2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Accurate tuning that adapts to your instrument, an active DI box, and more.

All tuners are not created equal. If you have several instruments playing together, each of which has been tuned from a different reference, you end......Expand

CEntrance AxePort Pro   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Instant computer gratification--guitar in, headphones out.

CEntrance first made its appearance in these pages in a review of the MicPort Pro (July 2008). Long known as a maker of hardware and software components used inside ......Expand


In The Studio: Recreating a Prog Rock Classic   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

A famous Genesis song from the early 1970s is reinvented by a Nashville-based studio band that employs old-fashioned studio techniques alongside modern technology.

It’s one thing to record a cover song. It’s another thing to......Expand

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Joe Albano

In Part 1 of a new series on famous guitar tones, we take a look at the long and storied tonal history of Eric Clapton.

Among the most frequently-asked questions that studio engineers hear from guitarists is “How did such-an......Expand

RECORDING's Bass Column   |   Written by Dave Martin

Our series on famous bassists and famous tracks continues, with the only bassist in the world prominent enough for a 2-part writeup...and the name might surprise you.

She has played on more than 10,000 sessions during her ye......Expand

RECORDING's Drum Column   |   Written by Dave Martin

Sometimes a drum session of a thousand mics begins with a single decision.

A producer friend booked some time a couple of months ago to record some tracks for his client. I asked him what he’d like me to set up on the drums.......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

The Future of Bass Control?

Small rooms invariably have low-end problems, because low frequencies are reflected from the walls, bounce back, and are combined with the original signal. Because it takes some time for them to ......Expand

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